Investor Glossary-varianceInvestor Glossary-varianceInvestor Glossary-varianceInvestor Glossary-varianceInsightful stock market charts - Click here
investor
Categories    # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Variance

The HTML to link to this page
 

Variance is a measure of volatility. Variance is calculated as the average squared deviation from the mean. The Capital Asset Pricing Model uses variance as a measure of investment risk. Investments with higher volatility (variance) have greater risk. CAPM postulates that the risk (variance) of an investment portfolio consists of both market risk and specific risks associated with each asset. While market risk is unavoidable, portfolio variance can be minimized and the risk associated with specific assets reduced if the investor owns a diversified mix of assets. Most financial advisors seek to minimize portfolio variance for their clients by recommending that they invest in a diversified portfolio which includes both large and small market capitalization domestic stocks, as well as bonds, international equities and real estate.



Rate this variance definition...

Learn about investing with the Investor Glossary Term of the Day


Click here for insightful stock market charts. Where is the market headed? The answer may surprise you. Find out
with the exclusive & Barron's recommended charts of Chart of the Day.


Popular Terms: risk management, annual return, FTSE, dividends payable, implied volatility, Zero Cost Collar, inflation, open position, average price per share, 1031 exchange, option premium, quality assurance, current ratio, FICO score, ex-dividend date, liquidity ratio, labor relations, diluted share, margin rate, required rate of return, irrevocable trust, command economy, minority interest, EBITDA, cancelled check, APR, LIBOR, phantom income, deferred revenue, ex-dividend, real GDP, 401a, 1035 exchange, per diem, 144a, Key Rate Duration, stock split, debt service coverage, deferred tax, in escrow, limit order, VIX, wholly-owned subsidiary, covered put, retained earnings, balance sheet, reverse mortgage, class C shares, stock market close


Accounting | Banking | Bonds | Brokers | Economy | Futures | Mutual Funds | Options | Real Estate | Retirement | Stocks | Taxes | Technical Analysis
Home | Term of the Day | Suggest a Term | Chart of the Day | Dogs of the Dow
©2004-2016 Investor Glossary - All rights reserved - Terms of Use